Aerospace experts outlined greater development of the commercial space industry at the Sixth China (International) Commercial Aerospace Forum held in Wuhan, Hubei Province in central China, on October 19.
During the 14th Five-year Plan (2021-25) period, China will continue building space infrastructure, enhance the capability of commercial space systems, and integrate them into major national development strategies, Fu Zhimin, chief engineer of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp., said.
Development of the commercial space sector will also drive the highquality development of strategic emerging sectors such as the digital economy, intelligent manufacturing and new materials, Fu added.
According to the forum, China will continue developing Kuaizhou rockets, which are low-cost solid-fuel space vehicles with high reliability and a short preparation period. The number of annual launch missions of Kuaizhou rockets will be doubled by 2023 and China will have developed world-class solid propulsion technology by 2025.
China will enhance international cooperation and expand the global resource allocation capacity of commercial space technologies and products. It will provide more commercial space launch services to international users, especially participating countries of the Belt and Road Initiative, Fu said.